Windows Weekly co-host Paul Thurrott, who was initially nonplussed about Apple's iPad but is slightly warming to the device, has linked to a blog post from Bill Hill, former head of ClearType at Microsoft, who offers:
I predict it will be a huge success. It will cause the same kind of mayhem among TabletPC and eBook manufacturers that the iPod and iPhone did in their respective market categories.
Hill cites the great look, but says more importantly Apple understands the transition from "computing devices" to "consumer devices", while the Kindle was merely a "transitional device" while TabletPC were basically laptop PC's with tablet functionality grafted on.
The only doubts he has is in Apple's "clone" of his Microsoft ClearType, which he claims blurs at small sizes and on lower-pitch screens like the iPad's 122ppi. It might make sustained reading less enjoyable. All around he seems bullish, however, running Windows on a MacBook Pro, and now using an iPhone as well:
last week I dropped my Windows Mobile phone in the water. It was DOA when brought back to the surface. So now I need a new phone. No way am I buying a Windows Mobile replacement. I really grew to hate that phone. I've checked out the new Google phones, and I don't like them much either. No, I want a great customer experience - so I'll go with Apple.
I'm not an Apple Fanboy. But you have to give credit where it's due. From being browbeaten into a mere 2-3% PC market share several years ago, Apple has parlayed its expertise in "consumer computing" into astounding success. I expect the iPad to continue that success.
The pixel density is an interesting concern, especially from someone of Hill's background. The iPhone is 163ppi, the iPod nano 204ppi. Anyone think 122ppi will give them problems?